New Bird Flu Case in Indiana

by Caitlyn Andrews January 15, 2016

New Bird Flu Diagnosed Case in Indiana

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has announced that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was diagnosed on a Southwestern Indiana Commercial Turkey farm on January 14, 2016.

Bird Flu in Indiana

The farm with the affected birds is from Dubois County in Indiana. The commercial turkey farm is currently being depopulated with 60,000 birds affected. The premise was identified to have highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza.

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat. The Centers for Disease Control considers the risk of illness to humans to be very low.

Unrelated Avian Influenza Strains

H7N8 is a different strain than the avian influenza outbreak of 2015. Last year the H5N8 avian influenza strain affected 223 farms in 16 states. The result was a loss of approximately 48 million birds. Only one farm, a backyard hobby farm, in Indiana was confirmed positive for avian influenza last year. The incident was in Whitley County and affected 77 birds from the single farm.

The release from BOAH states: "This finding of highly pathogenic H7N8 is unique to Indiana and the nation," said Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM. "This strain is unrelated to those identified in the Upper Midwest in 2015, nor is it related to the HPAI case identified in a Northeastern Indiana backyard poultry flock that was affected last May."

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